I am in the process of introducing a new home automation system to cover basically everything in my house: lighting, dimming of said lighting, several actuators to cover a number of pumps and solenoids for gas and underfloor heating and irrigation, blinds and awnings, garage door and gate, cooling, motion sensing, temperature sensing, door/window sensing, water sensing, gas sensors, smoke and CO sensors, intruder alarm, etc.
It’s a fairly large house (ok perhaps not so large but I’ve run away with my imagination in terms of the level of automation we want in the house), and so when I added up everything, it seems that I will have around 200 devices in total. There is a basement, which has a few walls as it has a laundry room, a data room, a bathroom, a store, the pool balance tank, a pool pump room, and the garage. There are a few walls in the basement. The ground floor - where there will be a lot of tech, is open plan - practically no walls. The first floor has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a walk-in wardrobe, and a landing/hall area. Ground and First Floors are about 1200 square feet each, whereas the basement is quite big - about 3600square feet.
I think that if I place the hub centrally, somewhere in the middle of the ground floor (which of course is between the basement and the first floor), I should be able to reach any device anywhere in 3 hops, so I feel confident about this.
What I am less confident about is: Can SmartThings handle 205 devices? Never mind the official version that Z-Wave can handle up to 231 devices - that’s just the protocol, but can the Smartthings hub processor handle so many devices attached to it? Or should I be looking elsewhere? Many have told me to look at ired systems - but this is out of the question for me. The house is newly finished and there is not wired for a home automation system.
Has anyone seen a system this big, and do you think Smartthings is able to handle this level of workload and complexity?